What Challenges Does Your Bird Face This Spring And Summer?

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Linda F asks

Hi, As spring approaches we look to protect furry as well as feathered friends.

Any suggestions on Frontline and heartguard type products that are safe around parrots and toos (Cockatoos) when used on three little dogs?

Are the two above mentioned harmful when used on dog that lives in same house as a bird?

Thank you for all help I have received as my CAG (Congo African Grey, goffie (Goffin Cockatoo) learn to share our life together.

Would not have made it as smoothly this far without your good advice and Birdy Brunch. Thank you again. Linda,

Micha and Stewie


Hi Linda


Thank you for the kind words


In that dogs (mammals) and birds (aves) have different integumentary systems (fins, fur, feathers, scales) treatments should not cross over.

Everyone likes to think of themselves as being prepared for disaster and certainly life’s cuts and scrapes.


I’ve personally sutured a dog in a garage (after 5 minutes of training by my vet 🙂


I’ve yanked shards of glass out of more than one dogs paw and got them bandaged over the years.


Sutures are easy to come by if your vet is a fellow musher but for the most part many dogs, and I presume cat medical emergencies, can be treated with a human first aid kit.


Removing a little fur on a dog while rapidly getting a wound bandaged, is something a dog will get over pretty quickly.

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Mammals are very different than birds.


Unless your birds are exposed to mosquito bites which is unlikely because they are indoors, the chance of incurring heartworm disease is slim to none.


Parasitic roundworms named Dirofilaria immitis affect mostly dogs but may manifest itself in ferrets, cats and other prey animals.


Once the roundworms mature they can be found in the heart, ergo the name heartworm but they can also be found in the lungs and blood vessels between the lungs in the heart.


It can take up to six months for the actual parasite to develop in a dog’s heart.


Thus heartguard is certainly not a necessary prophylactic treatment for birds.


There is a topical flea treatment you can get from the vet.


SevenDust sprinkled on the ground helps kill the fleas in the sand.


I’ve used Adams flea and tick spray with success directly on birds who have fleas, but make sure to avoid their eyes and mouth.


Adams will work for feather mites and lice as well.


You may also try Pest Control Dyna-mite All Natural Mite-lice Repellent 8 Oz (.24 L)






Migrating from spring to summer


We talk about parrots being equatorial animals and how life in North America, for example screws up their instinctual expectations for things like light cycles and temperature.

So you would think with summer here all those problems would go away.

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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.